I didn't stop taking supplements before breast augmentation and the surgery is tomorrow?
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Thank you for your question.If you consulted with the nurse and she is not concerned then I wouldn’t worry yourself about it. The main things that can cause complicationss are medications like aspirin or ibuprofen that can increase your risk of bleeding and other complications. I also recommend that my patients discontinue taking Vitamin E, green tea supplements, garlic supplements and St John’s Wort. None of the supplements you listed above raise any red flags for me. But its always best to take the advice of your surgeon and his medical staff.
Best of luck!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Pre op Supplements
Thank you for your question. Many of the vitamins you've mentioned do not negatively affect bleeding/clotting. I do not ask my patients to discontinue a multivitamin or iron before surgery. However, there are herbal supplements and formulas which will such as those including ginseng and many others. I recommend that you stop anything you are unsure of. You should let your Plastic Surgeon know what you are taking.
All the best
Supplements and surgery
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I recommend reviewing the supplements you take with your doctor prior to surgery. In general, supplements are notoriously unregulated and often do not contain the type or amount of ingredients that are listed on the bottle. Supplements such as ginseng and ginko may have blood thinning properties and s\should be stopped before surgery; however, there is not likely to be an issue.
Supplements and surgery
Thank you for your question. I would ask your surgeon. Every plastic surgeon has a different practice. The most common talked about are vitamin E, ginkgo, and fish oil. Medications such as aspirin, plavix, coumadin, xarelto are different and can cause significant difficulty with controlling bleeding at surgery and definite precaution must be used.Best Dr. L
Supplements before surgery
This would best be discussed with your surgeon. There are certain over-the-counter supplements that can have an effect upon blood clotting. Your surgeon should be able to review what you are taking and decide whether you need to delay the surgery or not.